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The Number One Educational Resource for the Game Industry

Session Name: Independent Games Summit: You Have to Stop Working, Even When You Can't Stop Working
Speaker(s): Danny Day, Chandana Ekanayake, Astrid Refstrup, Rebekah Saltsman, Cline Veltman
Company Name(s): Independent, Outerloop Games, Triple Topping, Finji, Independent
Track / Format: Independent Games Summit

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Overview: As an indie, it can feel impossible to stop working at 5pm, never mind take off weeks or months... but these experienced indies are here to tell you that leave is not just a luxury, it's a necessity. Each of them have taken periods of time away from their work, even though the pressure was strong to keep going and burn out instead. This series of microtalks will give you the tools you need (mentally) to take that leave effectively and work more sustainably.

Game Developers Conference 2021

Danny Day


Chandana Ekanayake

Outerloop Games

Astrid Refstrup

Triple Topping

Rebekah Saltsman


Cline Veltman


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Independent Games Summit

Independent Games